Prof. Letschert has had an outstanding academic career, working in the field of international law, with a focus on minority rights and human rights, and is now the Rector Magnificus (equivalent to Provost) of Maastricht University – the youngest female rector ever appointed at a Dutch university. She has been an active member of the Dutch Young Academy since 2013 (De Jonge Akademie), becoming its chairperson in 2015. In 2015, she was appointed to the Identification Committee that assisted in selecting the members of the High Level Group at the heart of the Scientific Advice Mechanism. She is a vocal and active advocate of science communication for young people, and for promoting diversity. She has recently been awarded with the award for the “Top Female Role Model in Science” from Maastricht University. By awarding her the YAE Prize, YAE will make a clear statement in respect of the need to have excellent women academics present at the top of academic research, management, and policy making. The YAE will award the first annual YAE Prize at the joint annual AE/ALLEA/YAE meeting in Budapest at September 6.